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Big impression with Little interview

During his Thursday stop in Grangeville, Lt. Governor Brad Little sat for an hour-and-a-half interview with the Idaho County Free Press. I asked the best questions I could think of, and I listened as intently as I could. These are my impressions....

April 13, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Cameras give justice necessary speed

No one ever wants to see a law enforcement officer kill anyone, and bringing a firearm to bear is rarely necessary even in that dangerous line of work. Whenever it is necessary for an officer to draw down on a human being, there must be quick, clear accountability. Every. Single. Time.

February 10, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Pro-wolf movement should support accurate, scientific animal count

Estimating – as grade-school students learn at young ages – is a way of counting that is useful for figuring out the number of small things inside a bigger thing. But when a state wildlife biologist sets out to estimate the number of wolves in Idaho, she does not gaze at a map like a child guessing blindly at the number of M&Ms a gallon jar may hold. Instead, wildlife biologists rely on scientific methods.

January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

In praise of Idaho’s youngest hobbyist lobbyist

Symbols mean something different to everyone who looks at them. They are matters of opinion, but when widely-shared, symbols can unite communities as large as nations around a shared sense of values. When enshrined in law, mere symbols can shape what about our society will stand the test of time.

January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

With gratitude we thank you, veterans

The Grenada Invasion, 30 years ago Oct. 25, flexed national security muscles that had been little exercised since Vietnam and proved our nation’s martial expertise. Though marked by poor high-level planning and various mishaps, the invasion delivered the island out of Marxist control. In then Maj. Gen.

November 6, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Bench Press

The Bench Press (as in the column by Idaho County Free Press sports/outdoors editor Andrew Ottoson, not the workout routine) offers up an occasional take on local high school sports and should not be confused with any activity that causes a physically fit person to sweat. If reading the Bench Press causes you to sweat, it might be time to go outside or something, maybe walk the dog or ride a bike or hike in the woods or take up jogging. Speaking of which, it’s probably time for Andrew Ottoson to quit referring to himself in the third person and maybe go outside or something.

October 30, 2013 8:04 a.m. read more..

Bench Press

Brian Lorentz broke through for first place with just one miss among his week seven picks. If it hadn’t been for Cincinnati’s win over Detroit — which seemed to trip up almost everyone who entered — he’d have hit a perfect score.

October 23, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Week six: Doughty first, Lorentz second

You had to be perfect to win the $20 gift certificate this week, and Micheal Doughty went 12-for-12 with his entry, separating himself from a five-way tie for second place at 11.

October 16, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Week five: Roberts, Stowell win with 10

Our Week Five winners, David Stowell and Gideon Roberts, were among four who tied at ten correct picks apiece. That’s a bummer for Mike Connolley and Terry Schlieper, but no worries, fellas — we’ll be handing out gift certificates through Nov. 13. I’m glad to have another month to keep firing picks, even though I’m coming off my worst week to date with five whiffs.

October 9, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Football Picks week #2

Week two: Courtright, Schlieper nab prizes Week two is in the books and Lee Courtright — who just barely missed a win in week one — took first prize last week with another nine correct picks. We had a four-way tie for second place this week, and Terry Schlieper out-drew the crowd for second prize this week. (Come pick up your prizes at the Free Press office, guys.)

September 18, 2013 6 a.m. read more..


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